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Cultural Center displays panoramic photo

Aug 10, 2017

DES MOINES — The Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center will be filled with art and hands-on learning at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Home to Iowa’s largest art show, the Cultural Center features Make-and-Take projects, art activities, a 150-foot Panoramic Photo Display, a painting class and much more.

Fairgoers can let their creative flags fly with the Make-and-Take projects, including magnets, wire jewelry and name bracelets. Young fairgoers can also participate in fun hands-on activities at Art Attack in the courtyard.

The state’s largest art show will showcase exhibits in the areas of fine arts, photography, creative arts, wood projects, doll house and miniature room displays. More than 1,600 exhibits will be on display.

Eleven days of live demonstrations and working exhibits also offer opportunity to see art in action, with artists demonstrating wheel thrown pottery, glass fusing, china painting and more.

At the 2016 Iowa State Fair, photographers Tim Olson and Tony Moline used 1920s equipment to shoot a 150-foot long panoramic portrait showcasing roughly 800 visitors, exhibitors and vendors. This year, the panoramic print will be on display in the Cultural Center Atrium, along with excerpts from interviews.

Join the Blue Ribbon Foundation for “Paint the Fair,” a social painting class in the Cultural Center. All proceeds from the class are dedicated to the fair’s future. The $35 price includes: a canvas, paints, brushes and 1.5 hours of instruction to paint a picture featuring an aspect of the Iowa State Fair. Register online at www.blueribbonfoundation.org.

The Cultural Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the fair. For information, contact the Competitive Events Department at 515-262-3111 Ext. 207 or for a complete schedule of activities in the Cultural Center, visit www.iowastatefair.org.

Photography and fine art fans alike can take home their own piece of the Iowa State Fair with the Photography Salon book and the Fine Art Gallery Guide book. Both feature prized exhibits and judge’s favorites from the 2017 exhibits. Each book costs $5.

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